Insights – Cultural Resource Management

Historic Airports Q&A

Terminal expansions, runway repairs, hangar upgrades. These are just some of the many airport improvement projects that 106 Group historians and archaeologists contribute to at dozens of airports throughout the region.

Working Towards Equity in Historic Preservation

Earlier this fall, 106 Group Sr. Architectural Historian and Planner, Lindsey Wallace, co-facilitated an interactive session at the 2023 Preserve MN Conference in Mankato. The session, “Continuing the Conversation: Working Towards Equity in Historic Preservation,” laid out key DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) concepts, including differences between equality and equity.

Changes to the Private Cemeteries Act

In 2023 the Minnesota State Legislature updated the Private Cemeteries Act (MS 307.08). Read on to understand how these changes might affect your project.

Talking Tourism in Indian Country

Last month, Anne Ketz, the CEO of 106 Group, had the distinct honor of addressing an audience at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe. IAIA, an esteemed institution, stands as a beacon of progress in the ongoing empowerment of Native communities. Through its commitment to education, financial support, and the cultivation of self-sufficiency, IAIA exemplifies the transformation that is unfolding within Native communities nationwide.

Introducing: The 106 Group DEI Initiative

106 Group has long worked to identify, document, and support the voices, histories, and priorities of historically underrepresented communities. In an effort to further that work, we have spent the last year developing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative, which is being led by a DEI Working Group.

Clean Energy & Cultural Resources: What You Need to Know

106 Group has helped clients navigate regulatory requirements for major energy infrastructure enterprises, including numerous wind energy projects that provide key sources of renewable energy. If your renewable energy project requires compliance with federal, state, or local environmental and cultural regulatory requirements, we can assist you through the process.

Please Touch – Designing Creative Tactiles to Communicate Key Messages

Imagine you’re just getting started planning an exhibit project. Your team is outlining key themes and topics and you already know you’d like to make your exhibits more accessible with durable tactiles. Great! But wait—there’s more to designing a tactile than meets the eye.

Defining Your Project Area

When embarking on a project, one of the crucial steps is defining the project area and its boundaries. This involves identifying the specific region where the work will be performed and determining the extent of its impact on the surrounding areas.

Cultural Resources Regulations – What to Know When You Begin a Project

How do you know whether your project needs to comply with cultural resource regulation? Knowing the regulatory requirements at project start saves time, money, and keeps your project moving forward.

Bill Walker Joins 106 Group

We’re excited to share news that Bill Walker, has joined 106 Group as a Proposal Manager. Bill is an expert on cultural resource management, Section 106 review process, and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of cultural history for the National Park Service and a variety of local historical societies and museums.

Are there Burials in your Project Area? What you Need to Know.

If you suspect there are burials in or near a project area, there are a handful of key things to understand and address as you navigate next steps.

CRM + Architecture: How Resources Can Inspire Design

Through our documenting work in archaeology and history, we see that the story of a place is so much more than what is written in a regulatory report. The history of a place, written and unwritten, and the stories told through archaeological and architectural resources can contribute to the future design of a place and enhance its uniqueness.

Anne Ketz is recognized for her work restoring cultures lost to history.

106 Group’s Anne Ketz has been nominated to the Minnesota Women Business Owners’ Hall of Fame. In a recent interview, Anne reflects on her role in cultural heritage planning and a career dedicated to increasing knowledge, understanding, and preservation of cultural sites and resources around the world.

Tisha Allen Joins 106 Group

We’re excited to share news that Tisha Allen, has joined 106 Group as a Senior Cultural Heritage Planner. Tisha is a planner with a masters in historic preservation and a background in architecture. She has spent much of her career focused on place-based and comprehensive planning initiatives.

Dakota Interpretation receives AASLH Leadership in History Award

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has recognized Hennepin County Public Works and 106 Group with an Award of Excellence for the Flying Cloud Drive Interpretive Plaza. The Award of Excellence is part of the AASLH Leadership in History Awards, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation of state and local history.

Meredith Anderson Joins 106 Group

We are excited to have Meredith Anderson join 106 Group as a Sr. Cultural Resource Specialist. In her new role, she will lead cultural resources projects that require regulatory compliance. Meredith is a respected leader, skilled in interpersonal communication, coordination, and analysis.

Heather Hoagland Joins 106 Group

We’re pleased to share news that Heather Hoagland, has joined 106 Group as a Sr. Project Manager. In this role, she will lead interpretive exhibits projects.

Christopher Hommerding Joins 106 Group

We’re thrilled to share news that Chris Hommerding has joined 106 Group as a Senior Architectural Historian. In his new role within our History Team, Chris will collaborate with our team on a range of projects for public and private clients.

Lindsey Wallace Joins 106 Group

We’re excited to share news that Lindsey Wallace, has joined 106 Group as a Senior Architectural Historian and Planner. In her new role within our History Team, Lindsey will lead a range of projects for public and private clients.

What You Need to Know When Archaeological Monitoring is Required

Archaeological monitoring is the observation of construction activities by an archaeologist in order to identify, document, protect, and/or recover potential archaeological resources discovered during those activities. 106 Group helps clients navigate this process and minimize the risk that an inadvertent discovery could hinder a project with potential schedule delays or budget implications.

Synchronizing Section 106 (NHPA) and NEPA Review Processes

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) are two of the principal federal laws intended to protect environmental and cultural resources. Any project conducted with federal funding, or requiring a federal permit, license, or approval, is required to comply with these laws. So, how are they similar? How are they different? How does compliance with these laws impact your project?

Grant Park, Atlanta: An Old South Landscape for a New South City
Steve Gallo, Architectural Historian at 106 Group, is a published historian whose work focuses on built environments of the United States. He brings skills in researching neglected histories to his work in cultural resources. This summer, Steve's article on the history of Atlanta’s Grant Park was published in an issue …
Tribal Resources Impact Analysis: Intersection of the Natural and Cultural World

106 Group was selected to present a session at the recent National Association of Environmental Professionals Conference. Our presentation shone a light on the confluence of natural and cultural resources, and how to effectively address them in projects requiring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

106 Group Interviewed for Wandering Naturalist Podcast

Recently, 106 Group’s Anne Ketz sat down with the hosts of the Wandering Naturalist podcast to share stories and historical perspectives on the Shakopee region of Minnesota and its people, past and present.

106 Group Presents at National Association of Environmental Professionals’ 2020 Virtual Conference

PolyMet Mining, Inc. is proposing to develop a copper-nickel-platinum-group elements mine and associated processing facilities known as the NorthMet Mining Project, near Hoyt Lakes, St. Louis County, Minnesota. The Project involves the reactivation and rehabilitation of a former taconite processing facility and development of a new mine site. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has been established outlining mitigation for adverse effects to a diverse set of historic properties.

Best Practices for Partnering and Collaborating with Tribes

106 Group recently presented “Best Practices for Partnering and Collaborating with Tribes” at the National Association of Environmental Professionals Virtual Conference. Together, with Paul Backhouse (Seminole Tribe of Florida), we shared best practices for tribal consultation and engagement and successful tools for building long-term relationships with Tribes.

Section 106 Basics

If you find yourself faced with a project requiring Section 106 review, the process can be complicated. Understanding how the process works is important to help you avoid project delays and improve outcomes. Here is some guidance for where to start.

Flying Cloud Drive Project Wins Environmental Excellence Award

Award from the National Association of Environmental Professionals for NEPA and Planning Integration.

Flying Cloud Drive (CSAH 61) Project Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

The Flying Cloud Drive Reconstruction included support from Dakota tribes to interpret the significant number of artifacts including stone tools, pottery fragments, and animal remains, that were recovered throughout the archaeological investigations.

Coordinating Section 106 & NEPA

Jenny Bring recently attended the National Association of Environmental Professionals Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, where she participated in a panel presentation on Implementing Executive Order (EO) 13807, which aims to streamline the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.

An Introduction to Cultural Resources Management Plans

106 Group is completing a CRMP at Point State Park that will guide long-term protection of cultural and historic resources at this iconic urban park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Archaeology in Downtown Minneapolis

Our archaeology team presents special findings and uncovered histories at Water Works—a park with a unique design that incorporates a complex historical landscape consisting of the ruins of 19th-century sawmills and flour mills.

Fort Snelling Rehabilitation Creates New Home For MN VA While Preserving History

We are proud to announce that our work with Andersen Engineering and the MN VA to renovate Fort Snelling’s Building 222 is a recipient of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Impact award.

World Heritage Day: Celebrating History that Sticks

In honor of World Heritage Day, we sat down with two of our employees to talk about their favorite heritage sites and 106 Group project work.

Best Practices for Community Engagement

Presenters at the engagement panel shared their expertise to create meaningful conversation surrounding best practices.